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Name: James Creagh

Burial Number: 0607

Gender: Male

Occupation: Army Captain; Travel Writer; Journalist; Author

Distinction: Soldier and Travel Writer

Born: 00/00/1836

Died: 12/04/1910

Buried: 14/04/1910


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James Creagh 1836 – 1910

Soldier and Travel Writer

Author and Irishman, Captain James Creagh was awarded both The Turkish Medal and The Crimea Medal with a Sebastopol Clasp during his service with the Royal Scots. Author of  more than 4 books about his life and travels including: ‘A scamper to Sebastopol and Jerusalem’, ‘Over the borders of   Eslamiah’, ‘Armenians Koords and Turks’ and his autobiography: ‘Sparks and campfires’.


James Creagh was born in Cahirbane, County Clare, Ireland in 1836 to Royal Navy Captain James Creagh and his wife Grace Emily Moor.

In 1851 he was a gentleman cadet at army officer training school, Sandhurst in Berkshire. Having bought his commission, James was soon in the deep end of army life and found himself at the siege of Sebastopol. He gained a Crimea medal with a Sebastopol Clasp.

It is reported that he married an ‘Indian Lady’ in 1857 and his son James was born. I can find no further reports of his wife or son.

James travelled widely in the middle East and wrote about his experiences and was profoundly interested in different religions. His books include:

A scamper to Sebastopol and Jerusalem (1872)
Over The Borders Of Christendom And Eslamiah: A Journey Through Hungary, Slavonia, Servia, Bosnia, Herzegovina, Dalmatia, And Montenegro, To The North Of Albania, In The Summer Of 1875; Volume 1 .This work has been selected by scholars as being culturally important and is part of the knowledge base of civilization as we know it.

Armenians, Koords and Turks (1880) or the past, present and future of Armenia.

Sparks from Camp Fires – 1900. Captain Creagh’s recollections are likely to prove of great interest at the present moment. His childhood was passed in Ireland, and he has much that is authentic to tell of the society portrayed in Lever’s novels. Thence he went to school in England, and passed in due course into Sandhurst. His account of the conditions of life there and of the state of the Army in the years preceding the Crimean War is both detailed and graphic. He gives a vivid picture of the mismanagement before Sebastopol, of which he was himself an eye-witness, and the later chapters of his book deal with service in India in the years immediately following the Mutiny.

He married Marion Wardle in Westminster in 1888. Marion remarried after James’ death in 1910 but chose to be buried alongside him  (as Marion Bradford).

His brother, Charles Vandeleur Creagh, is mentioned in his probate document.


Researcher: Pat Brownbill

The Grave

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Area: NES Row: 5 Plot: 8

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in loving memory of my dear husband James Creagh late Capt. Royal Scots of Cahirbane Co. Clare Ireland died 12th April 1910 aged 73

Further Information


Name: James Creagh

Gender: Male

Born: 00/00/1836

Town: Unknown

County: Unknown

Country: Ireland


Maiden Name: Not applicable

Marriage Date: //1888

Spouse First Name: Marion

Spouse Last Name: Wardle

Town of Marriage: Westminster

County of Marriage: Unknown

Country of Marriage: Unknown

Information at Death

Date of Death: 12/04/1910

Cause of death: Unknown

Address line 2: 31

Address line 3: St Michael's Road

Town: Worthing

County: Sussex

Country: England


Capt. James Creagh, formerly of the Royal Scots, of Cahirbane, co. Clare, died on the 12th inst. at 31 St Michael’s Road, Worthing, aged 73.
He was the son of the late Capt. J. Creagh R.N., and obtained his commision as Ensign in the 1st (Royal) Regiment of Foot July 21, 1854, becoming Lieutenant Jan. 12, 1855. He served in the Crimea from Jan 19, 1855, and was present at the siege and fall of Sebastapol (medal with clasp and Turkish medal). Becoming Captain March 2, 1860, he retired by this sale of commission in 1871.

Personal Effects

Money left to others: £323 4 s 6 d

Current value of effects: Not calculated

Census Information


At the Royal Military College at Sandhurst as a 14 year old Gentleman Cadet


Aged 24, James was a soldier at Smith Street Barracks, Coventry


Living at 43 Pall Mall, London as a visitor


Living at 1 Longfield Road, Ealing: James Creagh (Head) living on own means, Marion Creagh, wife aged 27 and niece Mary G Creagh aged 16 and Mother Grace E Creagh aged 80 and 2 servants


Living at 1 Napier Road, Kensington, London: James Creagh aged 64 living on own means with wife Marion aged 37 and 1 servant.

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